Born: 1735 AD
Died: 1807 AD, at 72 years of age.
1735 - Prince Hall born in the British West Indies, Bridgetown, Barbados, is considered the founder of "Black Freemasonry" in the United States, known today as Prince Hall Freemasonry. He was the son of an English leather merchant and his mother a free colored woman of French extraction. He secured a working passage on board a ship bound for America. He was a hard worker and realized that education was a key to success.
1775 - On the 6th of March, he and fourteen other black men were initiated, passed and raised in Military Lodge No. 441, an integrated Lodge attached to the British Army and then stationed in Boston.
1776 - When the British Army left Boston, the black Masons were granted a dispensation for limited operations as African Lodge No. 1.
1784 - 1787 - Excluded by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, they were granted a charter by the Premier Grand Lodge of England as African Lodge No. 459 (but, due to communications problems, did not receive the actual charter).
1791 - Black Freemasons met in Boston and formed the African Grand Lodge of North America.
1792 - 1807 - He was unanimously elected its Grand Master and served until his death.
1807 - Died on the 4th of December.
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